on 3 February 2014
Crikey, this really is a fresh take on the business case and quite remarkable to see how the worlds largest event was shaped so positively. Frost is a very clear writer and makes his point brilliantly. Make sure you dont miss your stop on the tube, its a brilliant read.
on 3 February 2014
As a "lay-person" regarding diversity and inclusion practices, I expected that my primary interest in this book would be experiencing the insider account of how the London Olympics were created. Indeed, Mr. Frost fills the book with numerous entertaining stories and revealing anecdotes around the behind-the-scenes goings-on leading up to the London Games, more than enough to justify the purchase price.
However, what the book taught me about "D&I" has permanently altered how I think about business. Mr. Frost illustrates in significant detail how business processes were redesigned from the ground up to foster diversity at the most fundamental level, in stark contrast to the manner in which I believe most people assume it must be done, as more of a post-hoc intervention applied to more conventional processes. Furthermore, he demonstrates how this can be accomplished in a way that aligns with and furthers the business objectives of the organization, rather than hindering them as a sort of extra cost -- again, not what one would expect.
The casual reader can definitely enjoy this book; but the professional reader is bound to discover much food for thought here, in enough detail to inspire more concrete ideas of how to apply these methods to one's own organization.
on 3 February 2014
If a project like delivering the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 rose to the challenge of making inclusion a priority, there is no reason why that shouldn't be the case for any organisation. If you believe that then read this book, it will help you navigate a course for your own organisation. If you don't believe it, read this book anyway, you are bound to be inspired by the simplicity and practicality of some of the ideas.This is an opportunity to learn from someone that not only writes well about inclusion but has proven it can be delivered as well. A terrific book!
on 5 February 2014
Stephen Frost writes with honestly, humour and clarity about the urgent necessity of expanding inclusivity in our workplaces, based partly on his experience working as Head of Diversity for the London Olympic Games. Such an important and worthy topic would be in danger of generating a rather dull and plodding book in the wrong hands, but Mr Frost has an eloquence and irreverence which makes him a pleasure to read. I certainly never expected to encounter the expression "cripping up" (quoted, I should add) to describe the practice of non-disabled actors playing disabled roles on stage and screen.
Buy it, read it,.... apply it!
on 6 February 2014
I read The Inclusion Imperative with a great enthusiasm. The background is the back-stage story of building the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games, which were described, by all accounts, as the most inclusive in history. But the book goes much further than a good story: It gives great insights about a radical impact-oriented approach to diversity and inclusion that business people and practitioners in the private or public sector will find very inspiring. I thought it was a good read and a very useful book.
on 12 February 2014
I have learned so much from this book and in particular the move from diversity to inclusion. I was looking forward to reading this because I was lucky enough to attend one of Stephen's lectures at Harvard Kennedy and I was struck then by his even handed approach and the power of story telling that he displayed.
Reading the "behind the scenes" story behind the London Olympics really brought this subject to life for me, and I found the "takeaways" at the end of the Chapters to be particularly useful If inclusion is important to you - in fact if really maximising your work environment is important - then you are going to find some fantastic ideas in this book. Thoroughly recommend it.